Spring Pole Lathe-Part 3

My day in the shop didn’t go as I has planned.  It’s not that anything went wrong, but I had gotten the order of operations a little out of order.  Originally I was going to cleanup the uprights and chop the mortises for the rail wedges.  As I was about to plane off all of my layout lines it dawned on me that I had better cut and fit the pivot arm first.

The pivot arm installs in a slot in the taller upright and rides on a 1/2″ diameter steel axle.  I also installed a bronze bushing to protect the soft wood of the pivot arm.  I purchased both the steel rod and the bronze bushing from the big box store.  Both needed to be cut to length

Since I was in metal working mode I thought I would have a go at fashioning a strap that will eventually connect the, yet to be made, spring poles.  In his book, “By Wedge and Edge“, Roy says the strap can be fashioned from a copper pipe that is cut in half along its length.  Ideally I would have a metal cutting blade for my turning saw, but I don’t.  So I was left to use my hacksaw with a fixed blade.  By loosening the blade I was able to twist the blade enough to cut away about a quarter of the 12” long piece of copper pipe.  Then I worked the remainder flat.  Just like that, I had a copper strap.

The pivot arm is fashioned from a piece of clear pine that I bought specifically for the purpose.  When I went to the big box I culled through the pile until I found a piece that had the grain running in the same direction as the taper of the arm.  I was really lucky and found an almost perfect match.


The axle partially installed.

The rest of my day in the shop was spent planing the uprights clean and chamfering every exposed edge.  I then reassembled what I have so far and manged to actually mark out for the wedge mortises.  The chopping of those will have to wait until tomorrow.

 

Part 2 Greg Merritt

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Spring Pole Lathe-Part 2

Confession time…if you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I started this lathe project a week ago.  I’m little behind on my blogging, but I’ve been running a little time management experiment this week. Continue reading

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Spring Pole Lathe-Part 1

I have always been fascinated by the lathe.  There is something mesmerizing about watching the shapes appear from the spinning wood.  As much as I like the lathe, I never planned on adding one to my shop.  There’s a whole list of excuses why and I had taken the lathe off of my to-do list and penciled it in on my some-day list. Continue reading

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How I Apply an Oil/Wax Finish

It is no secret that I prefer a hand-rubbed oil finish.  It is my go-to finish of choice.  I don’t think that I am alone in this fondness.  Judging by the blog posts and articles that I read, several others feel the same way. Continue reading

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Table Trestles-Part 9-Complete

Finally!  After days of applying finish and buffing, these two staked dining tables are finally complete!  This project started as a simple idea from the “The Anarchist’s Design Book” for two easily moved “knock-down” tables.  That simple idea became a wealth of experience and learning.  I truly learned a lot while building these trestles and the accompanying tops. Continue reading

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Table Trestles-Part 8

Just a quick update on my progress over the past week.  With any luck, the next post will be the last in this series and these two tables will move into the complete column.  So, over the past week… Continue reading

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Table Trestles-Part 7

As per my usual, every day after work this week I tried to get in half an hour to an hour of work on the tables.  After a nine or ten-hour day at work you would think I would just come home and relax.  Well that is exactly what I’m doing.  A little wood working is the best way to quiet my mind.  Anyway I made some progress. Continue reading

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